The Fall 2016 Semester of the American Studies Program—our 40th anniversary semester—is off and running!
One of the first things ASP students do upon their arrival in DC is participate in what we call a “Bus Day.” Bus Days organize students into small groups and an Instagram photo scavenger hunt contest sends them off to discover the less-explored features and history of different DC neighborhoods.
The central purpose of this exercise is neighborhood engagement. ASP students are not tourists; we are residents and we want them to be a part of the neighborhood. The exercise allows students to personally interact with the Washingtonians living and working in these neighborhoods: visit the corner grocery store; interact with parents in the park; speak with the security guard at the bank; and eat at the family-owned restaurant. The lessons learned from these exercises stick with you, informing our growing understanding of the importance of “place” to one’s sense of calling and responsibility.
This semester, for their first Bus Day, our students were tasked to visit all four quadrants of the city—Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest. This included visits to the Brookland, U Street, Navy Yard, and Anacostia neighborhoods, among many others. See below for some of our favorite photos!
Follow all of the Bus Day fun on Instagram by searching for #ASPtakesDCfa16! And stay tuned for more blog posts to come!